was born and raised in the Roanoke Valley and has spent the majority of her life teaching here. In addition to her local training,
she has traveled from New York to Orlando furthering her dance education. She has studied with dance legends such as Frank
Hatchett, David Howard, Karen Hebert, Luigi, Debbie Dee and Mike Minery. Her choreography has won many top place awards at
regional and national competitions, including multiple choreography awards. Leslie has worked with the Southwest
Virginia Ballet Company and the Rockbridge Modern Dance Company as a guest instructor. During 1999-2003 she worked with
Halestone Dance Studio, in Lexington, Virginia directing the tap program. Leslie is entering her 19th
year as owner and instructor for Valley Dance Productions. She's a certified member of Dance Educators of America in Ballet
Heather has been dancing since the age of 3 and a former dancer of Valley
Dance Productions. She is a graduate of Lord Botetourt High school and a 2010 graduate of Radford University with a Bachelors
of Fine Arts with a concentration in dance. While at Radford she was a member of the Modern Dance Company "db DanceWorks"
under the direction of Danah Bella. Heather is also a 2014 graduate of the College of Health Sciences and currently works
full time as a Respetory Therapist for Carilion Hospital. She has been a great addition to the studio, Heather will be returning
this year for her 7th season as a VDP instructor.
is a 2004 graduate of Roanoke College with a Bachelors of Business Administration. In the fall of 2004 she
began crafting her teaching skills by assisting in children’s ballet classes, and developed a passion for instruction
that led to her present career. In addition to instructing our children’s program, Rachael also works in the Administrative offices at Roanoke College. Since joining
the faculty Rachael has had the opportunity to train under esteemed instructors such as Kasey Combs, Janice Barringer, Becca
Retter and the late, great Steven Boyd.